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Leo Brooks


In this interview, BG(R) Leo A. Brooks, Jr., focuses on his years as a Cadet at West Point. He describes his path to the Academy from Sacramento, California, having grown up in a military family, firm in the knowledge that he wanted to follow his father as an Army Officer. He performed very well as a cadet, and especially enjoyed the military training aspects of the experience. He graduated from Ranger School in the summer prior to his Cow (Junior) year, which further distinguished him among his peers. As a Firstie (Senior), Academy officials selected Brooks to serve as one of the four cadet regimental commanders. He displayed similar prowess in the world of athletics, participating on both the track and rugby teams during his time as a cadet. The interview concludes with some reflections from General Brooks on the great pride he felt upon learning that his brother, Vincent Brooks ’80, was selected as the First Captain in August of 1979.


name Leo Brooks
institution USMA
graduation year 1979
service Infantry
unit 1st Battalion 504th Infantry; 1st Brigade 82nd Airborne Division; Commandant of Cadets
specialty 4th Regimental Commander
service dates 1979 2006